Cellphone jammers proposed for jails

Cellphone jammers proposed for jails
Valery Boyarinev Photo: FSIN

According to Valery Boyarinev, the deputy director of the department, this could be done through changes in the legislation.

The Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) has proposed to prohibit the use of mobile communications in colonies, according to RBC. According to Valery Boyarinev, the deputy director of the department, this could be done through changes in the legislation. The ban may take effect next year.

The FSIN deputy head added that “changes to certain registries” must be introduced in order for the ban to be put into effect.

Boyarinev noted that the ban would be disadvantageous to telecom operators “that want to make a profit.” The official explained that different types of jamming technologies are required for different communication types. Only changes in legislation would make a complete block of communications possible, the FSIN deputy head believes.

In the past six months alone, about 10,000 telephones have been smuggled to prisoners of various jails. All the devices were seized. Boyarinev stressed that convicts are allowed to legally use prison landlines for up to 15 minutes a day. They can only do it under the strict control of the administration, however.

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